"Yeah, I've made the catch before," Hill said afterward. "It wasn't a surprise to me or anyone on the team. ... Alex and I have been working together a lot, and it's working out."
That's right. Because throughout organized-team activities in May and June, and training camp in August, Smith and Hill routinely connected on deep balls. Smith, who is famously risk-averse, does not attempt dangerous throws unless he feels the odds are in his favor. Downfield throws can qualify as dangerous, but the frequency with which he tried to connect with Hill suggested a burgeoning comfort that was coming surprisingly quickly.
This is the screen pass that Ware took 46 yards for a touchdown, and might be the day's best example of the Chiefs' terrific blocking. Four linemen — everyone but right tackle Mitch Schwartz, who just didn't have time — get out in space and wipe someone out. Maclin, one of the league's better blocking receivers, takes out another man.
Ware just has to outrun a Saints lineman, and cut back against a defensive back for the score. Beautiful execution.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid says he doesn't know how long White will be out. The former sixth-round draft pick has played crucial snaps while cornerback Phillip Gaines has been dealing with a knee injury.
Gaines was back at practice Wednesday and is expected to play for the Colts.
"If they are going to throw away from me, I have to use my instincts and recognize the plays like those under-boots," Peters said after the game, explaining one of the plays that did come in his direction that he should have done a better job with. "I can go make tackles and get them down on short yardage. I will continue to play my game.
That 3-5 week timetable would still result in him missing a few more games, however. And with the Colts facing the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers before entering their bye week, it would make a lot of sense to sit Allen until after the bye, at which point he hopefully would be ready to return against the Tennessee Titans.
Here’s a look at today’s full injury report as the Colts prepare for their game this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs:
Robinson will have another chance to take another step forward this week against a Kansas City Chiefs team that ranks in the bottom third of the league in passing offense. For a Colts defense that has had more than its share of issues this season, being able to establish consistent and reliable play at the cornerback position would be a major positive. They already have part of that taken care of with Vontae Davis; now it's up to Robinson to continue making strides.
Those plays planted the seed for the 38-yard touchdown they collaborated on during Sunday’s victory over the New Orleans Saints. Hill simply ran down the sideline and made a one-handed catch in the end zone. It was the only touchdown pass Smith has thrown this season that traveled more than 18 yards in the air.
Coach Chuck Pagano used the word "hopeful" when asked about Moncrief playing Sunday. Moncrief won't know how his shoulder responds to being hit until he plays in a game because the Colts don't tackle in practice. Conditioning won't be as big of an obstacle for Moncrief because he was able to maintain it to an extent while out because he was dealing with an upper injury. He has also been a regular throughout, watching practice and attending games from the sideline.
Randolph was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted rookie free agent following this year’s NFL Draft. The 6’3″, 213 pound cornerback out of Southern Methodist appeared in all 4 preseason games for the Chiefs, recording 4 tackles. He was later signed to the team’s practice squad before his subsequent release.
ESPN's Football Power Index gives the Colts a 54 percent chance to win this week at home against the Kansas City Chiefs, but just a 29 percent chance to beat the Packers the following week on the road.
"I obviously remember the outcome and being pretty disappointed," said Smith, who threw for 378 yards and four touchdowns in that game. "It was a long time ago, though. When you start thinking about it, one year is a long time in the NFL, let alone a couple of years. A lot has changed since then, so it's hard to even look at that tape."
"Everybody’s like ‘Who the heck is 95?’" Pagano said in preparations for his team’s game with the Chiefs this Sunday in Indianapolis. If NFL offenses haven’t yet become familiar with No. 95, rookie Chris Jones, he may be making his introduction in the offensive backfield soon. The second-round pick from Mississippi State made his first NFL start Sunday, and Pagano said the big man is making his name known.
Over the last three games, Luck has completed 69.1 percent of his passes for 927 yards, with six touchdowns, one interception and no fumbles. That's a stark upgrade from the completion percentage (58.1) through his first four seasons and the one interception per game he threw during his first 55 starts.
Maya and Lexi's alliance ended in the blink of an eye once the Kansas City Chiefs tight end established a stronger connection with the Kentucky native, proving once and for all that nothing's fair in this game of love. "Lexi is not my priority, no matter what I promised her," Maya said. "I just can't help it when I'm around Travis."
There is a chance that several injured players could return against Kansas City, including offensive guard Jack Mewhort, wide receiver Donte Moncrief and defensive tackle Henry Anderson. "It looks like we are going to get a little bit healthier and get some guys back at a much needed time," Pagano said.
The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t want Crabtree to have a big day in Week 6, and put top-flight cornerback Marcus Peters – who can’t keep up with Cooper’s speed – on his trail. Crabtree was largely negated in that effort, though Cooper dominated to the tune of 10 receptions for 129 yards on 13 targets. Crabtree, by far Carr’s most frequent receiver, was only thrown to four times.